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Grateful Dead Live at Cow Palace on 1976-12-31

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Grateful Dead Live at Cow Palace on 1976-12-31

Publication date 1976-12-31 (check for other copies)
Topics Live concert
Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead

This show has been commercially released as "Live at the Cow Palace"

Promised Land, Bertha, Mama Tried, They Love Each Other, Looks Like Rain, Deal, Playin' In The Band Sugar Magnolia-> Eyes Of The World-> Wharf Rat-> Drums-> Good Lovin'-> Samson & Delilah-> Scarlet Begonias-> Around & Around-> Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Not Fade Away-> Morning Dew, E: One More Saturday Night, E:Uncle John's Band-> E: We Bid You Good Night*


PreFMR (KSAN) > PCM > HHB CDR 800 master CD > Samsung SW-232B extraction (EAC v0.9 beta 4) > sector boundary verification (shntool v1.01) > .shn encoding (mkwACT v0.97 beta 1)

2nd encores from MAR (unknown equipment) > Reel > Beta HiFi > HHB CDR 800 master CD > Samsung SW-232B extraction (EAC v0.9 beta 4) > sector boundary verification (shntool v1.01) > .shn encoding (mkwACT v0.97 beta 1)
[Note: A de-popped version created by Dave Winters for disk 3 also circulates.]


Reviewer: rumpled - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2014
Subject: Grate show
I'm pretty sure I downloaded this show from an aud. several years ago. I split it into 3 disc's and have now lost or misplaced the first one, meaning the whole first set. I was praying I could come back here and grab it. It pisses me off that unless I get the SBD's I have to pay for it. There's so much music that was available (In Aud's) here a few years ago. To me it's not about the effin money, bastards. The band didn't care where the music went when they were done with it. It's very upsetting, especially when the quality is of this grade. Wow, what a beautiful sound..
Reviewer: hottunaman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 2, 2013
cant believe i found a recording of it.....what a time that show as......a very electric kool aide kind of show.................. do i download this???????
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 3, 2012
Subject: Moo...
Perhaps the best-played show of '76...a total delight from start to finish, exemplifying the swirly rock and jazz of this era and adding another cornerstone to the argument in favor of '76 as one of their better years.

Live at the Cow Palace sounds lovely, it's worth picking up.
Reviewer: direwolf600 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2010
Subject: Long Review, but thats my style
A very solid opener to a stellar show. Jerry throws down a few fun licks in Promised Land. A quick happy new year from phil and Bob and off we go. Phil, who has made very clear in his book, is clearly happy to be back playing a full blown Grateful Dead New Years Eve show. Jerry misses a few words in Bertha and Phil drops a few licks of his own. He is on fire for essentially every note the rest of the way. Typical Mama Tried, nothing more, nothing less. Note, I just read Martin Fiero's words on Jerry from Jambase-everyone should look at those: TLEO is sort of a mess. I think Bobby is out of tune for half of it, maybe I would need a closer listen. Keith falls out of time in a few spots. But by the last 2 minutes everything seems in order. I am a bigger fan of the L.L.Rain from 80, 81 but this one is very listenable. Donna is good as is bobby. There is another mistake from Keith in it that throws them out of key for a split second, it¡¦s barely noticeable. There is something different about the first notes of Deal compared to the previous 5 tunes. Perhaps one of those moments where Jer very subtly took a leadership role and said, ¡§Hey! Let¡¦s do this thing huh¡¨ By the 2:45 mark everyone has figured out he wasn't fooling around. His vocals soar, where as they were a bit off on Bertha and TLEO. (Throughout the show his vocals are a little inconsistent, but its NYE right.) Maybe a little prep work by Jer before the early show jitters, being forgivable, period ends. Next will be nothing less than an epic mind bending Playing that pulls from the recent and distant past as well as the distant and upcoming future. God I love 76.

Playing reaches an apocalyptic level around 10:20 and by 11:00 they are searching in the void. Only 12 more minutes to go. Within 30 seconds they touch on a theme very briefly, maybe just 2 or 3 notes in 1.5 seconds and 30 seconds later everyone is there. Turn on a dime didn't end in 74 and this playing is the evidence. Minute 16, holy something, there has to be a holy something for this to be happening. Bobby is momentarily in a Franklin's esq. riff and in general is playing the crap out of his ax. 17:02 catch the slipknot tease or help tease depending on how you see it. Listen as it continues to build a new base for the jam. At 17:28 there is a clear as day, I will stay, played by Jerry. BTW, Keith has by this point worked out whatever problems he was having early on and best of all bill and mick are really starting to cook. As soon as it begins it ends and at 19:42 we hear the beginnings of playing noodling around. It sounds like Jer miffs a note which actually extends the re-intro an extra measure or two. 21:08 bum badabum bum badabum..Donna is out of key but at least its no cackle. Incredible Playing!!!

3, 2, 1
Happy New Year with the audience->Sugar Mags. Must have been a time. Gotta love the sbd/aud mix here. The place is blowing apart and Phil booming bass during sunshine daydream probably pushed the limits on the construction. A nice pace is maintained moving into eyes. If you listen very closely around 7:58 you can hear bobby rip a mini solo behind jerry's chord solo. .If only he was up in the mix¡K This eyes is all about phil keith and the devils though. Thump thump thump. That's not to say that in the mid 10 minute area Jerry doesn't lay down a sublime run. I love the space seeking from this period. They are developing the next sound to come right in the middle of playing it. The last minute or so of eyes is just them running in zig-zags looking for how to¡K->Wharf Rat without missing a beat. Jerry's voice is just dripping with...I don't know how to explain it, but its heavy. Keith really adds a lot to this wharf rat, and the little open extra right before 6:00-6:20 or so is really neat. I've already said but Bob is really playing some amazing stuff and in continues during this wharf. The energy built coming out of wharf rat>drums(more just a moment of quiet rest) is riotous and dense. They have already dropped a bomb on the place; the only thing left to do is pulverize the rubble. Well I was FEEEling, Yep, well here they go. And how about 2:32, sounds a lot a lot like H.C. Sunshine, but its still good lovin. Wow! Donna even pulls off a decent wail around the 4:28 mark and Keith really is blowin up. Oh yea, back into H.C. Sunshine jam.

Very funky Sam n D here, Donna, ugh. The key to keeping this one interesting is phil and he does a pretty good job. It does lag here and there though. I really think that is mick and bill's fault though. They are not complementing the pace very well imo. The groovy Samson matches well with Around and Around just right though. Bob and Keith are on fire here. This one really heats up at the breakdown after the speed up, oh and at 5:40 Jerry reminds us what it means to kiss the sky. Help--man is Jerry smoothest or what? This slipknot is defiantly powerful. Incredibly unique beginning, again Bob killing, Phil thumping etc...this is a great one. Sounds a lot like there may be a Spanish jam coming around the 4 minute mark. A nice jam ensues regardless. This slip is another example of the band searching the open spaces. From essentially the 6 minute mark through 9:45, the drums are not entirely present. There are random hits of a symbol, but the hits are more like soft taps. Well placed for sure but uninvolved. Then as if from nowhere a hint at the slip line, then away from it immediately¡K.its almost like they are practicing right there on stage; a nice Phil moment, a high hat, and then, wtf, Not Fade Away, sure, I don't even care anymore. This is nuts.<--me were I in attendance. What I love about 76 is getting to hear the dead back in a stage of infancy, where they were not in control, like 73, 79, bits of 70 and 72 as well. Songs like eyes are the same yet completely different, help, slip, Samson etc all brand new. It left the possibilities in the music so wide open. The openness is what 77 and beyond lacked imo. Not until the late 80s did ideas flow so free of the restrictions implied by being tight.
Morning Dew, at its worst its great, and this one is none to shabby.

Phil really beats away on Saturday night and Keith just it just right. The Uncle John's is an audience recording. Its pretty decent, but considering the over quality of this sbd and mix, oh well. That not withstanding, as an encore, this is one hell of a UJB and its nice to catch the clap along at the end. Also Keith's higher notes come through nicely. The same recording has the bid you goodnight, which I actually prefer in this scenario. Not nearly as much is lost when it's just vocals.

Sound: 8/10
Show: 10/10
Overall: 9/10
Great f-in show. Get it
Reviewer: StreaminDemon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2005
Subject: Spirit of '76
Classic Dead - Great show!!!! I usually dont check out many New Years shows...Why, I dont know! But, I am very pumped to have checked out this show. This is one of those shows for special occasions. Acoustics are great and dynamic. I think the boys were swimming, if ya know what i mean...this is a Dead Classic! High Five
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2005
Subject: Roll into '77!!!
This one really is one of the best 1976 shows, no doubt. The sound quality is pretty dope too. This is borderline 4/5, but sound quality makes it 5.
Reviewer: ByTor: King of the Ice and Snow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2005
Subject: Funk Soul Brothers!!!!
I have to agree with Sangreeb....the funkification of "Playin' In The Band" is a high point of the '76 shows...this one has a total improv feel to it, but a welcome respite, from some of the more structured shows....

Enjoy this one, with a full head of juice and remember how transient life was back in 1976, and you'll be just fine with this vintage recording..... A++
Reviewer: GEff - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2005
Subject: Bass Player's Delight
If you're a bass player & have always wanted to learn Phil's parts but couldn't quite make them out, then this is THE show for you! Not a bad show otherwise, but the bass DOMINATES the mix.
Reviewer: GEff - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2005
Subject: Bass Player's Delight
If you're a bass player & have always wanted to learn Phil's parts but couldn't quite make them out, then this is THE show for you! Not a bad show otherwise, but the bass DOMINATES the mix.
Reviewer: timblor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 27, 2004
Subject: Good Lovin> Samson!
The Good Lovin> Samson pairing might be the highlight of the second set. Good Lovin has an interesting break in the middle. The transition between Good Lovin>Samson is phenomenal, with Garcia leading the way with a funky riff that metamorphosis into Samson.
Reviewer: Wichita - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2004
Subject: Great Show
This show was one of the first live tapes in my collection. It introduced me to the dead and I saw my first show in 1977. Years later my tapes were stolen and I was never able to replace this show. So to whoever posted this show on this site, Thank You!!! It has brought back fond memories and this recording sounds excellent.
Reviewer: sangreeb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2004
Subject: Playin
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Playin in the Band yet. It starts out in regular Playin space, and gradually goes jazzier, untill about halfway through it, it is oozing with funky jams. My favorite post 74 Playin. Rest of the show is no slouch either
Reviewer: Ox Fall Down - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2004
Subject: Coming off of a 74 high
I notice the lack of energy in places. Still this a great, if not excellent night. The sound is decent. The mix is better. Lesh, Weir and Godchaux are perfect.

Their energy flags towards the end of the night especially.
Reviewer: skb archives - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 21, 2004
Subject: Not a Pre-FM
The best source for this show is Jay ashleys FM Master Reel which was transfered at my house. I don't know why it isn't up here
Reviewer: mux - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 21, 2004
Subject: Not a PreFM
This source is an FM source. Just need to look at the frequency analysis in Cool Edit to see the 19khz Pilot Carrier of KSAN's FM signal. No PreFM circulates as far as I have found.
Reviewer: velociraptor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2004
Subject: wow!
Jerry is definitely into celebrating this New Year, as is Phil. Another great show to add to the collection.
Reviewer: jeffsetz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 9, 2004
Subject: excellent NYE show
Why I chose to see Montrose at Winterland this NYE instead of the Dead and Santana at the Cow Palace is still a mystery to me.Must have been my teenage non-Deadhead girlfriend. Anyway, the tapes tell a story of a well played show and a nice cap to a great year. I didn't miss another Dead NYE show until 1990.
Reviewer: chinacat72 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2004
Subject: One of the best NYE shows ever
This show starts a little slow but the train starts building up steam around LL Rain and explodes into a deep Playin that ends set 1. The second set again starts off a bit slowly but by the time Good Lovin > Samson rolls around, it's a serious groovarama. The Good Lovin > Samson transition is a HUGE groove that I don't remember hearing before or since. Jamologists should check this jam out and keep it alive if it's not yet been "sampled." Disc 3 is what makes this show great. Help > Slip > NFA > Dew -- need more be said? The performance of these songs lives up to the list.

Even with the slow buildups in both sets, this show is still a 5 star performance for a '76 show.

I would love to see this show released without the PCM generation, so for right now I'll kick down 4 stars for sound quality.
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